Women's Basketball Hosts Air Force Wednesday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/18/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 18, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will host Air Force Wednesday in The Pit starting at 7 p.m. MT. The Lobos have a 26-game winning streak against the Falcons and have never lost to Air Force under Don Flanagan. New Mexico is 10-6 on the year and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons are 3-13 overall and 0-3 in league play. Wednesday's game will be available on 610 AM The Sports Animal. GameTracker and live video will be available on GoLobos.com.

Wednesday marks the 28th all-time meeting between UNM and Air Force. The Lobos lead the series 26-1 and have won 26 consecutive games against the Falcons. UNM played Air Force three times last year and won the last meeting 84-41 in the MWC Championship. New Mexico is 13-0 at home against the Falcons. The last win for Air Force was in the series opener on Jan. 2, 1992 in Colorado Springs, 61-41.

The Lobos defeated Wyoming Saturday 74-61 in The Pit. New Mexico improved its home record to 7-4. Saturday's attendance figure was 7,410 and marked the eighth time this season UNM has had a crowd over 7,000. New Mexico is averaging 7,276 fans in 11 home games.

New Mexico hopes to build off Saturday's victory before heading on the road this weekend. The Lobos handed Wyoming just its fifth loss of the year and played one of their most complete games. UNM shot 48.1 percent from the field, hit 80 percent of its free throws and nailed eight 3-pointers. New Mexico had four players in double figures including a career-high 21 points from junior Amanda Best.

Best hit 5-of-8 shots from the field and made six of her seven free throws against the Cowgirls. The career performance included four assists, five rebounds and a block in 34 minutes of action. Best is averaging 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in MWC action. Best has reached double figures six times.

Junior Jessica Kielpinski had 11 points and six rebounds Saturday against Wyoming. Kielpinski has reached double figures in rebounds in two of the last three games. The Mandan, N.D., native is averaging 9.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in conference play.

Senior Amy Beggin leads New Mexico in scoring with 14.3 points per game. Beggin added 14 points against Wyoming and has reached double figures in 11 of 16 games. She has topped the 20 point plateau three times.

Air Force is led by Raimee Beck and Kelsey Berger. Beck is leading the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game while Berger is chipping in 7.6 a contest. Air Force has five players averaging over 6.0 points per game. The only three wins for Air Force have come against Adams State, Chicago State and Western State. The Falcons have lost three straight heading into Wednesday's game.

Air Force is coached by Ardie McInelly who is in her ninth year at the Academy. The .Falcons have lost 21 straight conference games dating back to the 2007-08 season. The last conference win for Air Force was on March 1, 2008 against BYU in Fort Collins, 54-

The Falcons do have one New Mexico connnect. Freshman Megan Muniz is from Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, N.M. Muniz has not played this season.

New Mexico will close out the week at CSU. The Lobos will battle the much improved Rams in Fort Collins Saturday at 2 p.m. MT. UNM leads the series with CSU, 33-27, and have won 13 straight. New Mexico has won five straight in Fort Collins.